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  • Which Preactor Production Planning and Scheduling Product?

     

    Preactor represents a family of Advanced Production Scheduling (APS) and production planning and scheduling software solutions with different levels of functionality and pricing ranging from around $100,000 down to to Preactor Express which is free to users.

    We recommend that you Contact SCBS to assist you in choosing the correct member of the family for your application.

    To assist you in your choice please match your requirements to the following statements.

    If you need to…

    • Have access to the Preactor BOM exploder to be able to use Preactor to obtain ‘Capable to Promise’ (CTP) delivery dates on products with a multiple level BOM from within Preactor.
    • To be able to switch Preactor into ‘Auto Order Promise Mode’ to allow ‘blind’ CTP enquiries to be made on a live schedule by sending messages from other Preactor systems (for example a Preactor Viewer) or other applications.
    • Be able to consume or produce materials (co-products and bi-products)at any operation step (advanced material control).

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    If you do not need the above features but you need to:-

    • Use BOM data structures defined by an MRP or ERP system to peg or allocate materials from one or more producing orders to one or more consuming orders for example in Assemblies (Standard Material Control).
    • Use pegging rules to define which consuming and producing orders can be linked together
    • Limit the start of consuming orders based on the completion time of producing orders
    • Have access to the Materials Explorer
    • Provide a materials traceability report
    • Identify and time material shortages
    • Use complex ‘optimization’ dispatching production scheduling rules to, for example, introduce preferred color sequencing to minimize set up time, minimize work-in process etc
    • Create your own unique production scheduling rules
    • Use Preactor at a Capacity Planning level (perhaps linked to a Forecasting system and plan months ahead)

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    If you do not need the above features but you need to:-

    • Use multiple constraints during the scheduling process e.g. machine and labor etc
    • Allow multiple jobs on a resource at the same time
    • Have tanks with defined capacities as a constraint
    • Cost by operation and by order based on material, resource and shift pattern
    • Limit the resources that can be selected based on the previous resource selected
    • Limit the start of an operation based on its finish time
    • Limit the start of an operation based on the previous operation start/finish

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    If you do not need the above features but you need to:-

    • Modify the data tables such as add, rename or remove fields
    • Add new data tables
    • Modify the menu structure
    • Plot the usage of additional resources such as labor, tools etc
    • Plot the capacity usage of resources and resource groups in hours
    • Have alternative resources for an operation that has a different run speed
    • Have set up or changeover times that are sequence dependent
    • Allow transfer batching between operations (overlapping operations)
    • Be able to modify existing and create new Preactor reports
    • Be able to define import and export routines using the Preactor Wizard
    • Be able to publish schedules on a web site

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